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Serena advances...Votto powers Reds win...Marlins beat sinking Braves

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 2, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Top-seed Serena Williams has moved into the third round of the U.S. Open, beating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-3 in an uneven performance. The defending champ committed 10 double faults and two dozen unforced errors in the win.

CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) hit a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift Cincinnati to a 7-4 win over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run homer from Kris Bryant.

ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit a two run homer while teammates Martin (mar-TEEN') Prado and Jeff Mathis added two RBIs each in Miami's 7-3 win over Atlanta. The staggering Braves have lost eight in a row at home for the first time since 1988.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have pulled Michael Wacha from his scheduled start against the Nationals tonight in favor of minor-league call up Tyler Lyons. Wacha is 15-4 with a 2.69 earned run average. He is presumably getting an extra day of rest as the Cardinals monitor the workload for its pitching standouts.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the nine-member contributors committee. Under DeBartolo's ownership, the 49ers won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and '90s. They won at least 10 games in 17 seasons and appeared in 10 conference title games.

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